February 26, 2004
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In this issue
Microsoft MVPs
The hits just keep on comin'... Microsoft sent us a list of members who have been honored.
Your questions and solutions
Page Editors weed and daveslater look at the Mac and AS/400
Nata on the Side
Nata, with an assist from majorwoo passes along an article from eWeek on search engines, and still more on more viruses
Featured Members
pike480 makes Macs make magic, and BooMod is EE's quiet hero
Page Editors
Meet weed, the Master of the Macintosh, and daveslater, the Ace of AS/400
Natalie Salambier's corner
There's not a lot of text in Nata's corner, but there's a lot of information: The best in the busiest
More Microsoft MVPs: bbao, lrmoore, meverest, JammyPak, hewittg, TimHolman, ewtaylor, dew_associates and ahmedbahgat
Never let it be said that EE's Experts don't know their stuff. Wes Lennon, the Director of Community Services, and Austin Miller, one of EE's owners, were asked by Microsoft to nominate members for consideration for Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional award. This brings the total to thirteen

bbao joined Experts Exchange in June, 1997. One of EE's more eclectic members, bbao has answered questions in 48 different TAs, and is this year's early leader in the Windows Networking topic area.

lrmoore is no stranger to regular readers of this Newsletter; he's been a featured Expert here, and with over 1.3 million points, is at the top of the lists in Networking, Firewalls and Routers/Switches

meverest joined EE in March 1999, and has been the leading Expert in IIS for as long as anyone can remember. He also holds three different degrees in the information sciences.

JammyPak has the most entertaining profile of our MVPs: in addition to a stellar list of accomplishments, he lists the things he has never done, including "teaching Bill Gates a thing or two."

hewittg modestly says he is "responsible for 3 servers, Novell, NT, and Win2k and over 200 pcs." He is also a top-level instructor for the US Army Reserves, a fair golfer, and one of EE's hardest working members.

TimHolman is one of those people who is impossible to describe; his resume includes his mastery of Check Point security systems, four cats and a Harley-Davidson.

ewtaylor has spent over 15 years providing support for Microsoft networks, beginning with Windows for Workgroups 3.1 through Windows 2003. He is currently doing desktop support and lan/wan engineering with a heavy focus on security.

dew_associates, the owner of a Microsoft Solutions Partner, has the distinction of being EE's first million-point member, and is at the top of the list for Windows 98.

ahmedbahgat, in addition to being an MVP, is a civil and structural engineer with 13 years in the IT industry. He joined Experts Exchange in October, 2002.

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Nata on the Side
Two new viruses hit Internet users last week, according to a MS-NBC article posted February 18. One of them is nasty; the Bagel.B virus has a backdoor that sends IP addresses to Germany, apparently for use in spam campaigns.

The other one, called Netsky, isn't as dangerous -- it just wants to spread -- but it is rather unique in that it also essentially rids an infected machine of the MyDoom virus that infected who knows how many computers a week or so ago.

Fellow Page Editor majorwoo came across an interesting article in eWeek on Google and rival search engine Teoma, and Experts Exchange figures prominently in the story. Check it out here.

Your Questions and Answers Featured Members
Still open: Printing Overlays
"I have a program in the as400 that when I print I would like to include an overlay with it... What I would like is to just be able to go to the program and hit print and the overlay is with the text without the hassle..."
Points: 50
02/13/2004 10:23AM PST
Can you help?

Bringing over the users mail and address book from OS 9 to OS X
"How do I bring in all the contacts and old mail from os 9 OE? I tried to import but it doesn't find them."
Date: 02/04/2004 09:19AM PST
View the solution

Still open:Mac and XP Networking
"I'm trying to network one Mac running OS X 10.2 and two Windows machines running XP. They are connected to a little 5 port hub which connected to my 2 wire home portal... I also have a HP printer..."
Points: 250
Date: 02/02/2004 02:50AM PST
Can you help?

Calling an AS400 RPG program via VB with packed parameters
"I currently am able to call AS400 RPG programs without a problem, if all parameters are character. In my current case, I have a few parameters which are packed... How can I call this program without getting decimal data errors on the packed parameters?"
Date: 02/18/2004 03:39AM PST
View the solution

pike480
A relatively new member at EE, pike480 has been a Mac integrator for over 14 years, and runs an Apple systems provider in Virginia. He figures prominently in the Macintosh topic areas at EE, and is a member of the Apple Consultants Network
Login Name: pike480
Registration Date: April 20, 2003
Expert Points: 52865
Rank: 3 (Macintosh)

BooMod
BooMod joined the EE Moderator program in August, 2003, and immediately distinguished himself with his creation of a number of tools used by volunteers, Page Editors and Moderators, including his FastCAT program, which has helped immeasurably with the ongoing process of closing old, abandoned questions on the site. He may not be the most visible Moderator at Experts Exchange -- but there's no question that his contributions will be felt for a long time to come.

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Page Editor: weed   Page Editor: daveslater
weed is one of Experts Exchange's more interesting people; there's never a lot of doubt about his opinions. His profile sums it up best:

Graphics IT with [I don't remember how many] years experience. A bloody lot. Familiar with all the usual tools. Don't get me started on why you shouldn't be using CorelDraw, MS Home Publisher, or FrontPage. That goes for DivX too. Don't put inner bevels or flames on your text, and don't put lens flares on your photos. Follow these simple rules and you too can be on the pathway to true inner peace and enlightenment while sparing the rest of us the nightmares of bad design.

Also the local Experts Exchange Mac guru and Page Editor (for as long as I can keep up anyway).

Escaped the industry some time ago and am now teaching Paragliding, but keep up with the technology. There is no Experts Exchange topic area for free flight.....

weed also sent along a note that he says is "not really an article but a good collection of daily updated tips:" www.macosxhints.com. Be it beyond us to argue with a true guru?

  daveslater joined the Page Editor program in a novel way: He complained that his favorite topic area -- AS/400 -- wasn't getting any ink in the Newsletter. He says:

I started out in 1982 on an IBM S/34, IBM Mainframe and an NEC mini as an operator. After writing a PC application to disburse accounting costs I was promoted to a programmer. Over the years I gained experience on S/36, S/38 and eventually AS/400's designing and writing many bespoke applications.

Like many ambitious professionals I worked steadily up the career ladder reaching a position of "European Systems Manager - Commercial System" a role with a reasonable development team. It was at this point in my life when I decided that I could do with out the stress on management; there are doers and there are managers - I am a doer and that is what I enjoy doing. I also love programming and can live comfortably on a programmer's salary - so I quit my management job and became a programmer again - a decision I have never regretted.

I am married to my long-suffering wife Kerry who supports me in everything I do. My main hobby is Ironman Triathlon hence when not working I am either swimming, cycling or running. I also enjoy fell walking and playing on PCs.

Nata's Corner: Experts Exchange by the Numbers
Who was the best at Experts Exchange in 2003? We've taken the thirty busiest topic areas, and found the Experts who answered the most questions in each one of those areas. The points shown are only for that topic area, and just for fun, we've ranked them in order of who averaged the most points per question.
NameCountPointsAvg
PHP
aolXFT
lozloz
shmert
inq123
Big_Red_Dog
ThG
basvg
VGR
Michael701
Rquadling
44
85
261
36
49
75
33
355
42
54
41160
67290
193427
22792
27806
41939
17261
153399
16113
18605
935.5
791.6
741.1
633.1
567.5
559.2
523.1
432.1
383.6
344.5
Microsoft Office
WATYF
smozgur
byundt
brettdj
bruintje
dragon-it
pauloaguia
Dreamboat
sebastienm
bullethead
138
238
307
218
658
213
245
274
168
136
117035
164804
181631
122166
333887
96148
103040
111767
63389
45055
848.1
692.5
591.6
560.4
507.4
451.4
420.6
407.9
377.3
331.3
Visual Basic
AzraSound
supunr
EDDYKT
Richie_Simonetti
bruintje
vinnyd79
TimCottee
ryancys
emoreau
499
456
467
417
298
541
362
344
522
319748
236903
229389
202376
141396
249316
163354
118479
169104
640.8
519.5
491.2
485.3
474.5
460.8
451.3
344.4
324.0
Windows Programming
Dexstar
_nn_
jkr
DanRollins
Avdey
roshmon
AlexFM
jhance
PlanetCpp
WxW
19
55
111
136
18
32
52
54
25
49
21210
47523
90567
107393
10235
16980
24857
25705
11065
19788
1116.3
864.1
815.9
789.7
568.6
530.6
478.0
476.0
442.6
403.8
C#
testn
_TAD_
ptmcomp
TheAvenger
Nebulus_
smegghead
Desp
bgungor
MrGhost
AlexFM
224
101
50
122
63
101
115
35
41
37
150531
66050
31340
71818
35350
52811
59250
17460
20145
15870
672.0
654.0
626.8
588.7
561.1
522.9
515.2
498.9
491.3
428.9
Windows NT Networking
bbao
oBdA
dimante
PeteLong
lrmoore
TheMCSE
SysExpert
JammyPak
tim_holman
41
33
30
23
74
20
39
64
24
43454
27580
22915
13715
42915
10125
18951
29895
7972
1059.9
835.8
763.8
596.3
579.9
506.3
485.9
467.1
332.2
Networking
ShineOn
chicagoan
PeteLong
SysExpert
lrmoore
wyliecoyoteuk
mikecr
stevenlewis
scraig84
67
106
110
105
747
73
130
61
81
41065
63997
58270
52205
369166
29170
50841
136902
29520
612.9
603.7
529.7
497.2
494.2
399.6
391.1
379.2
364.4
Crystal Reports
erpeters
IdoMillet
Pwinter
mnye
frodoman
DRRYAN3
dbirdman
PATKIRSCH
mlmcc
gawilson2000
48
40
50
91
68
134
42
80
828
73
33850
26907
32525
54760
40318
78541
24070
38488
315760
19920
705.2
672.7
650.5
601.8
592.9
586.1
573.1
481.1
381.4
272.9
Oracle
seazodiac
anand_2000v
Danielzt
schwertner
andrewst
pennnn
DrJekyll
Bigfam5
markgeer
Henka
317
130
86
291
265
163
85
126
143
87
250431
75730
44708
149885
133541
68882
34678
50102
45589
18384
790.0
582.5
519.9
515.1
503.9
422.6
408.0
397.6
318.8
211.3
Active Server Pages (ASP)
amit_g
ap_sajith
fritz_the_blank
GaryC123
apollois
Silvers5
gladxml
hongjun
sybe
mgfranz
352
381
746
641
269
402
430
443
410
264
297459
312037
485962
394946
165243
205877
202804
189687
161089
87947
845.1
819.0
651.4
616.1
614.3
512.1
471.6
428.2
392.9
333.1
 
NameCountPointsAvg
Hardware
CrazyOne
AlbertaBeef
dogztar
jhance
slink9
magarity
Wakeup
kiranghag
dbrunton
rid
105
110
442
333
97
133
116
137
113
115
74338
56271
199886
124709
34614
44728
38666
43895
35557
36006
708.0
511.6
452.2
374.5
356.8
336.3
333.3
320.4
314.7
313.1
Programming
_nn_
cookre
emoreau
bhagyesht
Arthur_Wood
Dhaest
twalgrave
mlmcc
mayankeagle
73
63
63
127
71
72
591
115
68
59577
39480
28965
55435
23800
23950
192633
35220
16521
816.1
626.7
459.8
436.5
335.2
332.6
325.9
306.3
243.0
Delphi Programming
rllibby
mocarts
Madshi
Ferruccio68
Slick812
DragonSlayer
mnasman
geobul
kretzschmar
Workshop_Alex
143
210
153
210
309
311
246
370
634
187
95304
132257
89282
111927
162343
162599
127638
181916
287126
72705
666.5
629.8
583.5
533.0
525.4
522.8
518.9
491.7
452.9
388.8
Databases
Lowfatspread
Arthur_Wood
Pwinter
heskyttberg
nico5038
bhess1
angelIII
arbert
Henka
56
81
42
35
69
95
155
53
46
27990
36780
17772
14650
26110
34085
54075
16920
10287
499.8
454.1
423.1
418.6
378.4
358.8
348.9
319.2
223.6
Microsoft Outlook
CrazyOne
war1
Neo_mvps
asyscokid
bruintje
sunray_2003
stefri
traval
slink9
jessnjeff
62
97
149
50
105
104
100
148
156
78
53815
72828
111217
37207
78103
76002
68515
87033
80623
38209
868.0
750.8
746.4
744.1
743.8
730.8
685.2
588.1
516.8
489.9
JavaScript
devic
NetGroove
Zvonko
fritz_the_blank
jaysolomon
ahosang
CJ_S
cubrovic
mplungjan
knightEknight
303
232
564
375
415
217
256
204
719
273
230736
172488
345940
205034
212554
107997
118402
90402
311296
113754
761.5
743.5
613.4
546.8
512.2
497.7
462.5
443.1
433.0
416.7
Exchange Server
OneHump
Vahik
pcbrat
Kidego
JasonBigham
Bembi
Exchange_Admin
jjmck
Mfay
kevala
85
200
84
370
94
82
49
87
52
99
79410
170040
68865
292353
72920
60833
35315
98406
24212
40517
934.2
850.2
819.8
790.1
775.7
741.9
720.7
526.2
465.6
409.3
MFC
jkr
DanRollins
roshmon
martynjpearson
AlexFM
Priyesh
AndyAinscow
Zoppo
williamcampbell
jhance
107
146
289
110
265
127
109
105
101
88
78847
103403
194157
57716
138610
60569
51710
44323
36147
26029
736.9
708.2
671.8
524.7
523.1
476.9
474.4
422.1
357.9
295.8
Microsoft Network
ewtaylor
PeteLong
Netman66
stevenlewis
lrmoore
drev001
johnb6767
netnightmare
63
51
37
159
142
33
49
28
35847
27747
20014
79997
69848
15825
17690
9622
569.0
544.1
540.9
503.1
491.9
479.5
361.0
343.6
Microsoft SQL Server
Mr_Peerapol
Lowfatspread
arbert
ScottPletcher
acperkins
bhess1
adathelad
xenon_je
nigelrivett
angelIII
163
404
544
596
400
245
371
198
460
478
121470
240198
321314
346872
215975
123321
181383
96144
222787
179005
745.2
594.5
590.7
582.0
539.9
503.4
488.9
485.6
484.3
374.5
 
NameCountPointsAvg
ColdFusion
CFDevHead
jyokum
hart
cheekycj
anandkp
danrosenthal
substand
Mause
TallerMike
dash420
52
186
87
94
353
84
221
65
105
39
62924
161269
65385
67807
252101
57355
146221
42612
52440
15220
1210.1
867.0
751.6
721.4
714.2
682.8
661.6
655.6
499.4
390.3
Web Development
amit_g
rolftollerud
georgemarian
coreybryant
cheekycj
COBOLdinosaur
webwoman
lexxwern
hongjun
dorward
88
71
50
51
51
129
124
61
48
159
75850
60770
31040
28270
24426
56709
44456
18915
14555
48092
861.9
855.9
620.8
554.3
478.9
439.6
358.5
310.1
303.2
302.5
Windows Security
mdiglio
sunray_2003
CrazyOne
lrmoore
trywaredk
oBdA
PeteLong
ghana
Ghost_Hacker
NEOsporin
24
38
44
19
182
28
46
60
56
19
17307
26993
29084
12130
109678
16830
25250
30933
24662
4625
721.1
710.3
661.0
638.4
602.6
601.1
548.9
515.6
440.4
243.4
Java Programming
objects
girionis
Venci75
TimYates
jim_cakalic
CEHJ
yongsing
cavey79
heyhey_
2015
591
202
847
213
2189
326
210
370
973586
268438
83591
326719
79645
780175
111814
70335
123253
483.2
454.2
413.8
385.7
373.9
356.4
343.0
334.9
333.1
Windows NT
ahmedbahgat
pbarrette
ocon827679
asyscokid
oBdA
YarnoSG
TheMCSE
JammyPak
SysExpert
31
20
13
21
33
15
25
20
36
21962
13090
8450
12585
18850
8530
13925
10730
15585
708.5
654.5
650.0
599.3
571.2
568.7
557.0
536.5
432.9
Windows 2000
oBdA
sunray_2003
Stoner79
PeteLong
CrazyOne
MSGeek
Mirfster
jhance
153
133
215
220
538
194
173
160
118969
101484
140034
132046
298883
94686
81476
54678
777.6
763.0
651.3
600.2
555.5
488.1
471.0
341.7
Macromedia Flash
negatyve
Calron
rexmor
kanary
dutchfoxer
henryww
Zeffer
rascalpants
adilkhan
rootdir
332
45
135
94
52
103
97
282
59
64
322133
38005
92248
59505
31113
61595
49012
139262
27945
27255
970.3
844.6
683.3
633.0
598.3
598.0
505.3
493.8
473.6
425.9
DotNET
TheLearnedOne
testn
Desp
GoodJun
naveenkohli
_TAD_
iboutchkine
farsight
CarlosMu
emoreau
145
385
112
160
570
106
427
107
120
122
116729
264589
74842
101288
350805
63161
219614
50363
53744
48296
805.0
687.2
668.2
633.1
615.4
595.9
514.3
470.7
447.9
395.9
C++ Programming
jkr
DanRollins
Axter
AlexFM
burcarpat
efn
mnashadka
jhance
Salte
Exceter
605
324
301
274
207
220
177
119
725
223
415392
213715
178151
132469
83683
84439
66247
39992
228616
66406
686.6
659.6
591.9
483.5
404.3
383.8
374.3
336.1
315.3
297.8
Lotus Notes
HemanthaKumar
Zvonko
qwaletee
nBlade
p_partha
madheeswar
CRAK
AndrewJayPollack
Arunkumar
scottrma
410
162
498
59
84
62
81
64
115
106
269235
103893
314007
35330
46757
34404
41114
29525
52080
44665
656.7
641.3
630.5
598.8
556.6
554.9
507.6
461.3
452.9
421.4
 
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